Friday, April 01, 2005

Pope Loses Consciousness

Pope John Paul II has experienced kidney failure and, according to Sky Italia Television, has also lost consciousness, though this has not been confirmed by the Vatican. Reuters reports via ABC News:
Church officials tried to prepare the faithful for the close of one of the longest papal reigns in history after the Vatican said the long-ailing Pope had declined further hospital treatment.

"The general conditions and cardio-respiratory conditions of the Holy Father have further worsened," said Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. "A gradual worsening of arterial hypotension has been noted, and breathing has become shallow. The clinical picture indicates cardio-circulatory and renal insufficiency. The biological parameters are notably compromised."

Read more: Pope's Health Has Deteriorated Further: Vatican


Jimbo said...

The University of Notre Dame, the alma mater of the two main authors of this blog, is offering a prayer for the Holy Father as his life ends:

"At this time when Pope John Paul II is so ill and so consumed with the carrying of his cross in unity with Christ, we in the Notre Dame family readily join in prayer with our Catholic brothers and sisters around the world so as to 'be there' with our Holy Father, not always knowing what to say, but knowing with special intensity the importance of family, of kinship with Jesus, of a person’s life, and of the always-present challenge of mortality."

Andy H said...

Thanks for the link Jimbo

Dennis Keller New Jersey said...

I just learned about this web site via MSNBC I am very disturbed by the many of false reports on the pope's dimise. Have we become so unsensitive to the fact that not only is the pope dying but most importantly a man is dying not just a pope. Let's all pray and leave him to pass